In early 2016, Staines Rotary Club proposed to launch a project to support the new build appeal of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices with the help of other local Rotary clubs in areas served by the hospice.
Their proposal was greeted with enthusiastic support from Rotary Clubs in Ashford, Ashstead, Chertsey, Egham, Guildford, Ripley & Send, Shepperton & Sunbury, and Woking district.
The project took a considerable amount of time and effort to achieve and involved applying for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant. To qualify for this, the local consortium of Clubs had to identify an International Club to contribute to the funding. Support was obtained from a Club in Trinidad, St Augustine, as well as a Club outside Limoges, Confolens Charante. Additional funding was provided by a Rotary District in Scotland. This project was led by Charles Crane of Staines Rotary, ably assisted by Rotary District Foundation chair David Cross , Colin Weeks of Rotary Club of Ripley & Send, Andrew Jackson from Guildford Rotary Club and Lauren Ribant from Rotary’s Foundation Global Grant Support Team in Evanston, Ohio.
“This amazing funding project highlights just how international and influential Rotary is” commented Phi Wormley Director of Fundraising at the Hospice “These funds will be used to Equip and furnish several in patient bedrooms and en-suite facilities within our new state of the art hospice facility located in Goldsworth Park in Woking”.
A spokesperson for Rotary added “We were delighted to be able to help the Hospice in this manner. It is a great example of how Rotary can leverage its funding sources though its Foundation, one of the World’s largest, in providing humanitarian assistance to deserving causes. Whilst Rotary regularly provides grant funding for projects overseas, this is one of only a few where the focus has been on a UK project”.
The outcome of this fantastic initiative has resulted in Woking & Sam Beare benefiting from an extremely kind and generous grant of £85,904 for bedroom equipment from the Rotary family, both here in the UK and Internationally.
In addition to this amazing grant, a donation of £12,000 was provided by the Borough of Spelthorne, whilst £6,000 was donated by the Conisbee Family. Rotary Club of Woking District donated £6000 for our Abloy Key System and Woking District and Ripley and Send Rotary donated £8,000 to help develop our new Wildlife garden at the hospice.
Rotary’s total support for the Hospice new build exceeds £120,000.
“These donations are already making a huge difference to our team at the new hospice.” Commented Phil Wormley “The technology in the medicine management system is helping to streamline and assist the nurses in delivering exemplary end of life and palliative treatment on behalf of everyone at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices we would like thank all those who have been involved in this amazing fundraising effort”.
In recognition of the fundraising work of the Rotary Clubs and Districts a commemorative plaque has been installed at the new hospice building in Woking.